Local Planned Parenthood Changing Name, Not Services

By Matt Porter

November 29, 2012 Updated Nov 29, 2012 at 9:42 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Planned Parenthood of South Central New York will not be for much longer.

Beginning next year, the women's health center will break off from its parent organization and change it's name to the Family Planning Center of South Central New York.

The change comes after a disagreement with a mandate from the National Planned Parenthood which asked all centers to provide on site abortion services by 2013.

The local chapter in the Southern Tier currently refers their patients to local doctors and clinics rather than conduct them on site.

Debra Marcus, CEO of Planned Parenthood of South Central New York, said it would not be good management to provide the services already available locally.

"There's no need for us to be duplicating services that are already adequately and well provided locally," said Marcus.

She said separation and a name change will allow the local centers to focus efforts on the specific health needs of the region.

The five centers located in Binghamton, Walton, Sidney, Norwich and Oneonta served almost 10,000 clients last year.

Health services they already provide include gynecological exams, age appropriate sexual education, and HIV testing.

Marcus said the center's political stance on the abortion issue is not changing.

"Nothing is changing but the name," she said, "The same services, the same high quality medical and educational services, the same staff, the same leadership, the same locations."

Solvei Blue grew up with Planned Parenthood since her mother, a nurse, first brought her in at 16.

She said she never worried about her personal health thanks to Planned Parenthood.

"There's so much less stress knowing that there's a Planned Parenthood in the area, in the neighborhood, that you can rely on," Blue said.

Blue said she wouldn't have been able to do the work and live the life she wants without affordable family planning services.

"Yeast infection treatment, annual check ups," she said, "I'd be a lot less secure and confident about my life."

A confidence in health services Blue and thousands more can still rely on.